Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

DEC 2018

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December 2018 37 State Associations RINLA is a professional trade association serving the green industry. It advances the welfare of its members through education, research, support, leg - islative representation, certification and promotion of the value of green industry goods and services to the public. Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association Left RINLA piloted and regis- tered the "first in the nation," multi-employer Registered Apprenticeship program for agriculture and plant-based industry. Here an apprentice worker installs a paver patio. Above This pilot program included 15 RINLA member companies and 35 apprentices, who participated in a three- week Winter Intensive Training curriculum during which the apprentices completed 96 of the required 144 hours of "related instruction." The team from Wild & Scenic is pictured on the job with their apprentice employees. Left An arborist trainee poses with his "tools of the trade." The 2019 cohort will include even more companies with their apprentices attend- ing an expanded 128-hour winter training session. Left In August, RINLA held its first Job Match program. Candi- dates who successfully complet- ed the screening process, which included orientation, workdays, interviews, and job shadowing, were hired by RINLA member businesses. Here Job Match candidates are working on site to clear brush along a stone wall during a workday screen- ing session. Left RINLA participated in a statewide Career Day for more than 8,000 eighth-grade students, with an interactive booth where students could learn about careers in green industry. Right A candidate is interviewed by representa- tives from a RINLA member company during a Job Match event. Members were so pleased with the success of the first Job Match program, three more sessions are planned for 2019. Right At the RINLA Winter Meeting, past president Jesse Rodrigues (left) presented the Award of Merit to longtime member Rick Bugbee.

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